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Profiles of Students, Staff, Teachers

‘It was the right job for me — always has been’

In Cindy Prentler’s second grade classroom, books inspire, teach, and beautify the space...

‘He’s ready for the world’

Byron Center High School senior Nik Ursiny will graduate May 23 after learning to manage and overcome physical and mental conditions -- taking hold of his own story and advocating for himself...

Dad mixes cooking, anti-bullying message

Parent to GRPS kindergartner has found the right recipe for giving back to school, sharing food, skills and spreading kindness...

A limp can’t slow this high-achieving fighter who helps others

Lauren Hudson, the most recent student recipient of the YWCA West Central Michigan’s Tribute Award, overcame the painful effects of a rare hip disease to do great work in school and for others...

Nick Minnema – special and driven, for all the right reasons

The Forest Hills Transition Center student and athlete competed this month at the Special Olympics World Games half a world away – in the United Arab Emirates’ capital city of Abu Dhabi, as well as the UAE’s largest city, Dubai...

Getting along, helping out are keys for this born leader

This high school junior takes pride in keeping up her grades, but isn’t limited to classroom excellence...

Interim principal hopes you have the time of your life

Tony Quinn is the new interim principal at West Oakview Elementary School. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet the Principal...

Faithful recycler, expert laminator, dedicated teacher supporter

In the long run, said Alto Elementary parent volunteer Angie Kennedy, what she and other parent volunteers contribute to is maintaining teacher enthusiasm for a career in education...

Providing ‘safe spaces’ for students of every kind to learn

Collins Elementary Principal Mitchell Balingit has been named the district’s first director of student success and equity...

‘Nobody can take our education away’

After completing her student teaching at Thornapple Kellogg, Erin Kraker is back, bringing her own style to the classroom...

Being principal of alternative school ‘really speaks to my heart’

Danielle Hendry, the new principal at MySchool@Kent, says her school’s nontraditional setting offers nontraditional students an opportunity to live a successful life...

Ryan Colburn, MacGyver of the vet world

Ryan Colburn is the only full-time veterinarian at the John Ball Zoo, and the man behind the scenes who makes sure that some 1,500 animals are physically fit for your viewing pleasure...

‘Bring your best every day’

Katie Bredeweg, a second-grade teacher at Stoney Creek Elementary, talks about her experiences in the classroom and the lasting impact that a teacher can have...

She’s come so far

Farhiya realized her self-created predicament was sad, but she also knew she could get herself out of it...

Teacher pleaser, shoe tier, lifelong learner

Tiffany Jackson is the new Stoney Creek Elementary School principal. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet the Principal...
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